Ludwig Joseph von Welden

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Ludwig Joseph Freiherr von Welden on a painting in the Fürstengang Freising

Ludwig Joseph Freiherr von Welden on Laubheim and Hochaltingen (born May 11, 1727 in Hochaltingen ; † March 15, 1788 in Freising ) was a German prince-bishop in Freising.


Portrait (1750)
Coat of arms of Ludwig Joseph Freiherr von Welden in the Fürstengang Freising

He was ordained a priest in 1750 . At the end of 1768 he was elected Bishop of Freising, after Clemens Wenzeslaus von Sachsen resigned himself in 1768 after being appointed Archbishop and Elector of Trier. Ludwig Joseph von Welden received the episcopal ordination on September 10, 1769 from Auxiliary Bishop Ernest Johann Nepomuk von Herberstein , who later became Bishop of Linz . As the 59th Bishop of Freising, the Enlightenment inclined von Welden took care of the education of the population in particular. He tried in vain to prevent the establishment of the Munich nunciature as a "court nunciature " for the Electoral Palatinate Bavaria in 1785 . In 1786, together with the German archbishops, he passed the Emser punctuation , which demanded the approval of papal bulls by the bishops. He died on March 15, 1788 in Freising.


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predecessor Office successor
Clemens Wenzeslaus of Saxony Bishop of Freising
1768 - 1788
Maximilian Prokop from Toerring-Jettenbach